Small price increase for 2021 Thanksgiving dinner

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ALBANY – Here is some food for thought – the price of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner saw a modest uptick from last year’s meal, according to the New York Farm Bureau.

The average total price, which includes a 16-pound turkey and other common items found on a holiday dinner table, is $52.59, a 1.7 percent increase over last year.

Turkey prices are about $1.46 per pound in the state, which is about five cents per pound over last year’s average price in the informal survey. The price is slightly below the national average of $1.50 per pound.

The New York numbers revealed small price increases in several categories including whipped cream, Libby’s Pumpkin Pie Mix, fresh cranberries, and a veggie tray. The most noticeable decrease is for sweet potatoes.


Market Basket Survey Comparison 2021 Average Price 2020 Average Price
Frozen, Self-Basting Turkey 16 lb. $23.28 $22.56
Herb-seasoned cube stuffing 14oz. $2.29 $2.84
Enriched Brown & Serve Rolls 12 oz./12 per pkg. $3.05 $3.09
Gallon of Whole Milk $3.42 $3.40
Frozen Green Peas 16oz. pkg. $1.34 $1.34
Libby’s Pumpkin Pie Mix 30oz. can $3.69 $3.38
9 in. frozen pie shell $2.89 $2.75
Whipping Cream ½ pint carton $2.00 $1.77
Carrot/Celery Veggie Tray $.99 $.87
Sweet Potatoes 3 lb. $3.19 $3.72
Package of Fresh Cranberries $3.00 $2.90
Miscellaneous Ingredients $3.45 $3.09
Classic Thanksgiving Total $52.59 $51.71
Half Bone-in Ham, 4 lbs. $9.89 $10.52
Russet Potatoes, 5 lb. bag $3.35 $3.28
Frozen Green Beans, 16 oz. pkg $1.48 $1.28
Expanded Dinner Total Price $67.31 $66.79
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